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  • Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering

    March 20, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Sarah McCammon If the election results of 2016 were really about rejecting the political establishment, then Congress didn’t get the memo. After all, 97 percent of incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking re-election won even as national polls show overwhelming disapproval of Congress. Advocates for redistricting reform hope voters are ready to pay more attention to […]

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  • Fixing Gerrymandering Doesn’t Just Make Elections More Fair

    March 19, 2017 • News

    Slate By Perry Grossman In early March, Anitere Flores, the second ranking Republican in the Florida state Senate, handed the NRA and its allies a stunning defeat. She said she would vote against a raft of bills proposed in committee that would have permitted carrying guns on college campuses, airports, school zones, and courthouses, among other places. […]

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  • In Virginia, Advocates Hope To Engage Voters In Redistricting Reform Efforts

    March 17, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    NPR Sarah McCammon In the wake of the 2016 election, redistricting reform advocates are hoping to engage voters in efforts to reduce partisan gerrymandering. In Virginia, activism is taking the form of a lawsuit and grassroots campaign.

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  • Demand bipartisan redistricting

    March 16, 2017 • News

    NewsLeader Letter to the Editor Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about gerrymandering, so I did some research to find out what the buzz was about. What I found is that this is an issue of fair redistricting of the state so that everyone can know that their voice is heard. Both parties are guilty […]

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  • At political gerrymandering trial, key Va. lawmaker says ‘real world’ matters more than experts’ scores

    March 15, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw An influential Virginia lawmaker said in a Richmond courtroom Tuesday that the 2011 redistricting plan made 11 contested General Assembly districts more compact, regardless of compactness scores that suggested the opposite. On the second day of a political gerrymandering trial with potentially far-reaching ramifications for state politics, Del. S. Chris […]

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  • Del. Cole must address redistricting reform

    March 15, 2017 • News

    The Free Lance-Star Letter to the Editor In a wrap-up of the 2017 General Assembly business, Del. Mark Cole’s email to constituents dismisses the important work on redistricting reform done in this session. Three good bills were passed with bipartisan support in the Senate only to die in the House Committee on Elections and Privileges […]

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  • Va. redistricting trial is just that

    March 15, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Shapiro (Monthly Article Limit) In his other, other life, Ry Marchant — litigator-turned-judge — has been a restaurateur. As such, Marchant has an appreciation for detail: How atmosphere is complemented by menu. How ingredients enhance a dish. Whether a chef knows that — or doesn’t. How staff engages patrons. And how […]

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  • After hearing evidence on first day of political gerrymandering trial, Richmond judge rejects motion to strike case

    March 13, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw After intricate explanations of mapping software and math formulas, perhaps the most striking piece of evidence shown in a Richmond courtroom Monday on the opening day of a trial over political gerrymandering in Virginia was a map showing what an expert called the “toilet-bowl configuration.”

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  • Trial over Virginia’s 2011 legislative boundaries begins

    March 13, 2017 • News

    McClathcy DC Bureau By Alanna Durkin Richer (AP) Virginia legislative boundaries being challenged by a redistricting advocacy group were approved with bipartisan support and are constitutionally sound, an attorney for the Republican-controlled House of Delegates said Monday during the opening of a trial over the 2011 electoral map. The lawsuit was brought by OneVirginia2021, a […]

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  • Holder, Pelosi, McAuliffe start redistricting fundraising

    March 13, 2017 • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Before they get to redistricting reform, they’ll need cash. Democrats leading the party’s new effort to coordinate political and legal resources to redraw state legislatures’ and House of Representatives’ maps will kick off the first phase of fundraising next weekend, heading to San Francisco on Saturday and Los Angeles on Sunday to […]

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  • Trial Over Virginia’s 2011 Legislative Boundaries Underway

    March 13, 2017 • News

    NBC29 By Alana Austin A trial is underway in Richmond that challenges 11 Virginia state House and Senate voting districts. The precincts were approved by a Republican-dominated General Assembly. Now a lawsuit claims legislators violated a core duty in drawing the voting map. OneVirginia2021, a redistricting reform activist group, is behind the lawsuit. Monday, lawyers for the advocacy organization […]

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  • Court says Texas congressional districts gerrymandered to hurt minorities

    March 11, 2017 • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes A panel of federal judges has ruled that Texas’s Republican-led legislature gerrymandered some of the state’s congressional districts to stunt the growing influence of minority voters. The 2-to-1 decision — years in the making — was issued Friday night. It invalidated three congressional districts in south and west Texas and […]

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  • Virginia Republicans behave like Democrats on redistricting

    March 10, 2017 • News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial History repeats itself, cliché-mongers like to say. Virginia Democrats (and others) oppose the Republican redistricting scheme adopted after the 2010 Census. Critics have filed suit against electoral maps for the House of Delegates. The other day Republicans argued that it is too late for courts to order new redistricting for the […]

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  • Schwarzenegger for Senate?

    March 09, 2017 • News

    Politico By Carla Marinucci Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — the “Terminator” action hero who made “I’ll be back” one of filmdom’s most iconic phrases — may be mulling a political comeback, according to several GOP political insiders in California. The prospect of Schwarzenegger’s return to elected politics in a 2018 U.S. Senate run — possibly […]

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  • Redistricting talk next week in Newport News

    March 08, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Daily Press By Travis Fain The head of a group pushing redistricting reform in Virginia, which is behind one of three lawsuits to challenge state election lines in recent years, will speak next week in Newport News. Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021, will speak at the Newport News Main Street Library Wednesday, March 15, […]

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  • Va. House of Delegates attorneys tell federal court it’s ‘too late’ for redistricting case to impact 2017 elections

    March 07, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw Lawyers defending the Virginia House of Delegates are arguing that the state’s 2017 election cycle is too far along for a federal court to swiftly reexamine a racial gerrymandering case in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. On Friday, Democratic attorneys who have challenged a dozen predominantly […]

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  • Virginia’s expensive defense of a crooked system

    March 07, 2017 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Roger Chesley Republican leaders in the House of Delegates called a news conference the other day, and they were unconvincing when explaining the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest smackdown of their redistricting lines. It was the second time the high court in recent months had rejected gerrymandered districts in the commonwealth. Are GOP officials […]

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  • Lawmakers reflect on General Assembly legislation

    March 06, 2017 • News

    The Winchester Star By Onofrio Castiglia WINCHESTER — Area legislators spoke to the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on Thursday about this year’s General Assembly, which ended Saturday. Taking part were Del. Chris Collins, R-Frederick County; Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton; and Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg. Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, was able to join the panel […]

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  • The way toward a compromise on voting rights

    March 06, 2017 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Noah Feldman In an important decision that’s unusual for being almost unanimous, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified the constitutional rule for the design of majority-minority legislative districts, perhaps the single most significant issue in contemporary voting-rights law.

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  • Md. governor calls for nonpartisan group to lead redistricting

    March 06, 2017 • News

    WTOP By Megan Cloherty Maryland’s governor is taking another crack at redrawing voting boundaries in the free state, asking for lawmakers’ support of his plan to have a nonpartisan group tackle redistricting. “We haven’t had balance, fairness or competitiveness in Maryland for decades,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “In fact, we’ve been singled out for having some […]

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  • Va. Republicans on defense over redistricting

    March 04, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Schapiro That was then. This is now. In 1999, Republicans snapped Democrats’ century-long run on legislative power by promising Virginians a General Assembly that would be fair and balanced. Except for a brief Democratic hiatus in the Virginia Senate, Republicans remain the dominant party at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol because of redistricting, […]

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  • Blacksburg meeting hears about gerrymandering’s harms

    March 03, 2017 • News

    The Roanoke Times By Yann Ranaivo People associated with a nonprofit organization aiming to end gerrymandering in Virginia encouraged a crowded meeting Thursday night to support their efforts as part of a greater goal to hold lawmakers more accountable and improve fairness in elections. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery joined up with members of […]

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  • A chance to make Virginia less ridiculous

    March 03, 2017 • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Two courts in as many days have taken rock hammers to the granite wall of gerrymandering in Virginia. First Richmond Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant refused to dismiss a case brought by a good-government group to challenge 11 General Assembly districts. Then the Supreme Court ordered a review of the same districts, in a separate case […]

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  • GOP: Despite court ruling, current House map good for November

    March 03, 2017 • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Republican leaders said their Supreme Court setback this week in a lawsuit over 11 legislative districts won’t have any effect on the coming House elections, which they expect to proceed with the current district boundaries. They also flatly rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe‘s pitch, delivered by letter Thursday morning, to “drop your defense […]

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  • Republicans shrug off governor’s offer to seek nonpartisan redistricting

    March 03, 2017 • News

    The Washington Post By Gregory Schneider Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday urged Republican leaders in the House of Delegates to stop defending legislative districts that are under legal challenge and work with him on nonpartisan redistricting. Republicans declined, accusing the governor of grandstanding one day after the U.S. Supreme Court told a lower court to […]

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